What’s it like to reprise Rajinikanth’s role in the remake of Thillu Mullu? Ask Shiva
Few actors can elicit the kind of audience response Shiva can. He has reached a stage where his mere appearance is enough for the crowd to hoot and whistle. The actor’s growing popularity as a comic hero has resulted in him being cast in the remake of K. Balachander’s smash hit, Thillu Mullu, which starred Rajinikanth in the lead. What makes this RJ-turned-actor tick? “I think it’s the way I utter funny dialogues with a straight face,” he says.
The actor knows very well he is reprising a role etched in people’s memory thanks to Rajinikanth’s portrayal. How confident is Shiva of turning it around in his favour? “Thillu Mullu itself was a remake, right?” he asks rhetorically. “Amol Palekar played it his way, the Superstar interpreted the character in his own style and I have tried to do the same. The film will have a lot of my quirkiness in it,” he says. Shiva’s other film, Sonna Puriyadhu, is also a full-fledged comedy.
After having made humour his forte, does he not run the risk of being slotted as an actor who can only do comic roles? “I am ready for anything, boss,” he says and adds, “Ultimately, cinema is business. And I will be offered roles that are more likely to click with the audience.” The actor also reveals that he wants to produce and direct films. “I couldn’t start the project due to lack of time. I would like to make films in different genres. I want to do the kind of cinema I like to watch.”